I’m not going to do my usual screed on why employee engagement is a Sisyphean effort, and almost every intervention is at best a short-term fix to a long-term problem. I believe 90% of the interventions we talk about are like handing out sandwiches to starving people and thinking you’ve fixed their food-acquisition problem. Employee engagement has never been a tactical issue. In fact, the longer I play in the engagement sandbox, the more I’m convinced employee engagement isn’t a company problem at all.
I’m on record as saying employee engagement is a two-way street and employees have a role